We moved from the UK in 2005. We restored an old farmhouse (Quinta) and now have a Bed and breakfast with 6 suites with room for 16 guests. We have our own vineyard with 6000 vines.The property has an area of 7 hectare with the river Pavia along one part of the property. We have 2 dogs,Womble and Lottie,(bit of an over grown puppy)We also have 3 cats.
We have our own chickens (for eggs) ducks and a goose
We have a large veg garden where we grow most of our fruit and veg for our guests. We make all sorts of jams and chutney.
Central Portugal near city of Viseu
Type of help.
Help with Computers / internet,
Helping with Tourists,
Help in the house,
Help with Eco project,
Cooking / shopping,
We have a vacancy available from now
16th September to the 21st October
If you are interested in picking and treading grapes now is the time to contact and visit us.
We need a hand to organize our pickers- We only pick for 2 weekends and we have lots of guest who join in to help with the harvests.
We are looking for (2 / couple, one male as some strength is needed) to help with the estate management and working on the vines and our veg and fruit garden. Some help in the house with cleaning and housekeeping duties. You will normally eat with us and our guests in the evenings.
The work is ongoing throughout the year.
In the vineyards you will learn how we tend the vines and also be involved in Wine tasting, blending and then bottling.
Diverse things like Tractor driving (cutting the grass in the fields) to learning how we smoke foods in our traditional whole oak smoke house.
Help with improving our internet marketing via are own website and social network sites. Good project to work on when it is raining!
You will have opportunities to cook (this is optional but in the past we have had Workawayer’s enjoying the fun making new menus from ideas brought with them) and learn the making of many local dishes
You will often go off with one of us when we go to shop for provisions.
Own bedroom suite with shower/bathroom
What else ...
We are located about 400 meters from the local village of Parada de Gonta. Post office village stores and cafes as well as an ATM are in the village.
We have wifi throughout the house and a laptop as well as a VOIP phone (free calls to land lines)
Some more information
Volunteering hours expected
Some days if outside with good sunny weather we work 8 hours.
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Host ref number: 12191231114a
Feedback left about host
by Robin [21/08/2013]:
Hugh and Jane are great hosts to work with and they are enthusiastic about teaching others how to work their land. We stayed with them briefly but learnt a lot about the vineyard and wine making and enjoyed our afternoon with the barrels. Kirstie will miss Zero and Lottie very much.
Giovanni and Jéssica arrived wanting to stay a month with us but after only one week they were heading back to Spain.They are very gentle ,hard working people but working on a busy Quinta (farm)was not for them.We wish them well in their studies.
by Giovanni [06/08/2013]:
Hugh and Jane are very gently hosts, food and accomodation were perfect (Jane is a excellent cook) and they're always teaching about the things to do. Unfortunately there was always a lot of work, and despite Jane's comprehension, Hugh is always thinking about something to do. Working on the vineyard in the morning, in the cellar in the afternoon, more
by Martin [10/07/2013]:
Priska and me have spent over 2 months in this amazing place. Hugh and Jane are great hosts and especially very experienced in what they do so for us brilliant opportunity to learn something new. From food, accommodation, location, client interaction (which to my surprise was more a friend way than customer one, but than again that just tell you more
Martin and Priska came to us needing sun and warmth.They certainly ended up looking healthy with sun tans and full bellies .Working hard up on the vineyards to planting vegetables to tasting wines.We enjoyed having them both very much ,many evenings spent telling lots of stories with us and the guests.Good luck to you both and hope you find more more
by Andrew [06/07/2013]:
I spent a brilliant two and a half weeks here learning all sorts of new skills and working hard. Getting the chance to build a pool, work on the vineyard and even sell in the local market despite not knowing any Portuguese, it was never a dull moment in this beautiful setting.
Hugh and Jane were the best hosts, and workawayers are encouraged to more
Thank you Andrew for all your help especially building the pool.You worked very hard ,and we are sure you will do well in life .It was a pleasure having you and hope one day you will visit us again.
Cassie and Tyler joined us at the beginning of the 2nd week of March till the 8th April.
Boy did it rain! We took advantage of their cooking skills and eventually got the old bread oven fired up. The Pizzas were great. They helped out with the guests and we learnt some great ideas from you two-many thanks. We could not get to do much work on the more
by Cassandra [11/04/2013]:
We had a wonderful experience with Hugh and Jane! We went into it intending to stay 2 weeks, but we stayed 4! The property is large and beautiful, and has had a lot of work put into it. They are both full of knowledge, so we learned a lot during our stay. We had the privilege of 'tasting' the different vintages of wine every night, along with more
by host [10/11/2012]:
Jamie and Kate joined us in mid September just before our very busy period. Our grape harvest started on 2nd October but before that we had to finish our new Lagar. Jamie worked very hard with me and we all had a fun time bottling some of our 2009 vintage. We were also busy with guests and both of them were a great help at breakfast and making more
by Kate [10/12/2012]:
We had a great time with Hugh and Jane. We worked very hard in the vineyard and lagare and also the guest house too! We learnt a lot, especially the ins and outs of the wine harvest and winemaking. We were rewarded everyday with 3 huge meals and free flowing amazing wine. Can't wait to hear the results of the "Workaway Rose"!
by Joshua [18/10/2012]:
We stayed with Hugh and Jane in their beautiful B&B for 5 weeks in the summer. Hugh and Jane are the most fantastic hosts, they taught us so much and we had the most incredible time helping out in the veg patch, vineyard and looking after the chickens. We met some amazing guests and sitting out counting shooting starts with Hugh Jane and the other more
Josh and Hannah joined us in early August. They were involved in many aspects of the life here Working on our vineyards doing a "Green harvest"- reducing the number of grape bunches to improve the quality. By the way we made 4500 lts and 225 lts of Port and a barrel of Rose!
The B & B was quite busy and the help with ironing and room cleaning was more
Georgie and Sophie worked with us for two weeks in late May and wished that they could have stayed longer.
They were a great help with looking after our guests at dinner (do not give Sophie the pre dinner wine tray!!)
Great with all our animals but could not save Nemo the baby duck!
Keen to help with any duty and would recommend them to more
Sara and Dylan arrived with the rain and left in the rain!
We however achieved some useful projects and they are on the way to being very discerning wine tasters!!. They took a keen interest in our traditional wine making facilities and also worked hard in our veg garden planting seedlings and weeding!!
Their love for our animals was very evident more
by Syazreen Sara [03/05/2012]:
We had a blast with Hugh, Jane and their pets! The entire wine experience will be unforgetable, especially getting into those 1000 litre tanks. When it wasn't raining, we enjoyed our time in the sun planting vegetables and gardening, hopefully they'll turn out well. Got some recipes off Hugh and Jane that we're gonna try back home. We really miss more
by Claudia [07/03/2012]:
We came to this beautiful place for two weeks and will keep the fondest of memories of our stay with the lovely family. Very unfortunate circumstances made it impossible for Hugh to work with us in the vineyard, so we mainly tended to the cleaning of the guests' rooms and tidying up after their breakfasts. We fed the chicken on some days and baked more
Claudia and Helena spent two weeks with us and as Claudia mentioned Hugh was taken ill with Peritonitis and spent some time in hospital. We had several projects but had to put these on hold. The help with the washing,ironing and cleaning was superb. Thank you both so much.PS Hugh out of hospital 14th March on the mend now!
by host [03/02/2012]:
Josh was with us for 2 weeks in January 2012. We would still be pruning our Olive trees had we not had his help and hard work. I am not sure if Josh is into too much more pruning Olive trees. We were all glad to get them finished. The re build of our trailer and training to drive our tractor (not so easy when you have never used a clutch before) more
by Josh [06/02/2012]:
What a wonderful place to have my first workaway experience. Hugh, Janie, and Gigi were all extremely kind and hospitable, always making sure that my stay was comfortable. (can't forget the hot water bottles at night!) A good day's work is expected of you, but it is always full of new learning experiences, and you are rewarded with delicious food more
by Robbie [01/12/2011]:
Staying with Hugh, Jane and Gigi was definitely up there with the best 3 weeks of my life. I couldn't have asked for a better first workaway experience! Their house and property is country side paradise. The whole time I spent there was full of laughs and great times, there wasn't a dull moment what-so-ever. If it wasn't for my itinerary and more
Robbie was great fun and full of enthusiasm.
We wish him all the luck in the world. He inspired great discussions and YouTube with Google were regular accessed to put forward arguments!
His work on the estate was valuable and we achieved so many projects. Robbie you are welcome back any time. All the best and keep in touch. Gigi misses you!
Sonya and Letishia, well what can I say!
Fantastic girls who worked very hard at all their tasks - even the ironing!
Their tasks have included; picking grapes, treading grapes and organising a team of pickers who recently came up from NATO. Helped with babysitting client’s children and interacted with the clients very successfully. Sonya and more
by Letishia [10/10/2011]:
To Hugh and Jane!
Thankyou for hosting us, we were warmly welcomed into your place and had an amazing 3 weeks with you both. We were worked hard but repaid with wonderful food, great conversation, many laughs and happy memories.
Weve learnt absolutley everything about making wine and been involved in every part of the process, from picking to more
by Darrienne [11/08/2011]:
To our new adopted European parents we cannot thank you enough for the amazing time we had here!! 2 weeks turned into a month and we will still didn't want to leave! We had some amazing experiences and learnt daily facts "See you learn something new everyday - Hugh". New skills to add to the CV were: Driving a tractor,making a chicken more
What a pair these two are. Such fun worked very hard and even scared the natives!!
We would have them back any time. They were just fantastic with our guests and it was a race to the sink to do the washing up even after a hard day’s work out on the vineyards.
They only needed to be shown once.
We wish them all the best and would recommend more
by Rob [02/08/2011]:
I had a brilliant time here with Hugh, Jane, Jess and Daz on my first workaway experience. I learnt lots of new skills such as driving the tractor! The work included watering the veg garden, building a chicken hut and general tidying up on the land. Hugh and Jane treated me really well with lovely food and they took us on a great day trip to the more
by host [03/08/2011]:
Rob spent just about two weeks with us. He is very hard working and set about any task with enthusiasm. He had to put up with two great Kiwi girls (also workawayer´s) which was no mean feat! Helped on the vineyards and on our vegetable garden project as well as refurbishing our chicken and duck house. Left us with the start of a suntan! Many more
Angelika has been working with us at our Quinta for just over 2 weeks.She has been a great help up on the vineyards and has helped us with our veg garden project.
We have had her serving at table to our guests and has taken part in wine tastings and palate education. She is keen to learn and will do anything to help.Even look after our cat with more
by Kate [06/08/2010]:
I came to work for Hugh and Janie for a few days and ended up staying 6 weeks! They have been the most amazing hosts with great food, wine and company! I have been learning about a wide assortment of farm activities such as animal care, working on the vineyards, gardening, driving the tractor and loads more.
I have had the best time staying here more
by host [24/07/2010]:
Kate has been with us for over 1 month and has been more than a great help arround our Quinta.From the daily routeen of feeding the ducks and chickens at near to 6am to watering the new veg garden with an old petrol/keroscene pump.Keen to learn about Viticulture (working on the vines).Never shies away from work.Always looking forthe next job to more
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